Poker News in Brief: March 22-28, 2010

Binh Nguyen
Binh Nguyen (left) at the APPT PAGCOR Chairman's Cup.

Carlos “The Matador” Mortensen added to one of the most impressive resumes in poker history during the last week of March.

The Full Tilt pro won the inaugural WPT Hollywood event in Indiana for $393,820, which helped him surpass Daniel Negreanu as the WPT's all-time money winner with $5.7 million in career earnings.

Mortensen also tied Gus Hansen for the most WPT titles in history with three apiece.

But the Matador wasn't the only story in poker over the past week. And as part of our ongoing Poker News in Brief feature we've compiled a list of lesser-known stories below.

This week we'll take a look at U.S. success in an APPT event, Tom Schneider trying to get into the WSOP Tournament of Champions and CardRunners absorbing another poker training site.

U.S. Player Wins APPT PAGCOR Chairman's Cup

Oregon-native Binh Nguyen outlasted 429 players to win the Asia Pacific Poker Tour PAGCOR Chairman's Cup in Manila this week.

The $2,500+$200 buy-in event offered a $1 million prize pool and ran six days from March 20-25.

The event included such notable players as Barry Greenstein, "Mr. Macau" Charles Chau and PokerStars player Terrence Chan.

It was the first time that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and PokerStars had ever held the tournament.

Check out our PokerStars review to learn more about qualifying for the APPT.

StoxPoker Merges with CardRunners

CardRunners will take over fellow poker training site StoxPoker, according to an announcement this week.

"In light of recent events, it has been decided that StoxPoker website will be merged with CardRunners," said Alex Huang, StoxPoker Brand Manager. "This change will take full-effect on May 1, 2010."

Stoxpoker came under fire this year when founder Nick "Stoxtrader" Grudzien admitted he had been multi-accounting, which led to his resignation from the site.

Instructors Dusty "Leatherass" Schmidt and Matt Bolt quickly left the site to become a part of

All players with StoxPoker memberships will have their accounts transferred to CardRunners. The StoxPoker poker training videos will also be merged into the CardRunners database.

Tom Schneider

Schneider Looking to Buy TOC Votes

Tom "Donkey Bomber" Schneider is taking an unusual approach to getting himself into the upcoming 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions.

The 2007 WSOP Player of the Year is offering 50% of his winnings to people that vote for him, and only him, on the WSOP Tournament of Champions site.

Essentially if Schneider wins the $500,000 first place prize in the tournament he will take $250,000 for himself and spread the other $250,000 amongst fans who voted for him.

To get a piece of Schneider email with the verification message from the WSOP.

The top 20 most voted for players will qualify for the tournament, along with previous TOC winners Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, Mike Sexton, current WSOP champion Joe Cada, WSOPE champion Barry Shulman and two sponsor exemptions.

As of this weekend, Schneider was not in the top 50.

Flanders Wins PartyPoker Women's World Open IV

Pippa Flanders was unstoppable at the PartyPoker Women's World Open IV in London this week.

Flanders outlasted all 24 players, including Kara Scott and Annette Obrestad, in the $3,000 buy-in tournament that followed a heat-based structure.

"This was a wild merry-go-round," said Flanders. "It's absolutely brilliant to have won - this is so special to me."

Flanders won $30,000 for her first place finish in the women's event. She previously won the PartyPoker World Open II in 2006 for $200,000.

"She has been a permanent fixture at most of our live tournaments and always impresses - she deserves this victory," said a PartyPoker spokesman.

Coverage of the Women's World Open IV will be broadcast on Channel Five in the UK and then distributed internationally.

Springfest Begins on PKR

Online poker site PKR started its annual Springfest promotion this Friday with over $130,000 in guaranteed prizes to be won over two weeks.

The 11 events of Springfest will come in a variety of formats including Deepstack, Bounty, Omaha, Rebuy and Terminator.

The festival will conclude with the PKR Live IV freeroll where any player that enters at least six Springfest events will earn their way into the tournament. There will be three packages to PKR Live IV, including travel to London and expenses, up for grabs.

Visit our PKR review to learn more.

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